Africancrab attends the pre meet-up dinner at Terra Rosa Italian Restaurant

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My first Travbuddy Meet Up ever! The excitement with which I looked forward to the meet up was immeasurable. If words were sufficient, I would not have taken all the pictures included here; a picture is worth a thousand words after all. I will let the pictures do a bigger portion of the talking. From the moment I spoke with Melanie (www.travbuddy.com/mellemel8), I could not conceal my excitement; the notion of a meet up, in Vegas!! phew, I literally booked my plane ticket within an hour of talking to her. She forwarded to me the travel forum link and got me hooked on Vegas! Viva Las Vegas. As the days drew close to the meet up date, I got in touch with some of the other Travbuddies who were on the forum while others got in touch with me. Joy (www.

travbuddy.com/pvtjoy) and Jillian (www.travbuddy.com/jillianj) were the first two to get in touch, the energy they radiated through their comments convinced me that Vegas would be the destination to be at come April,5.  Then came James (www.travbuddy.com/pearcetoyou),  and so the communication continued. James and I, had had phone communications during which I learned of his travel to Africa - not just Africa, but East Africa: my home. This fueled conversations about Africa and the excitement to meet.

I, had made plans to travel a day before the scheduled meet up to meet my family in the Henderson area, however after talking to James and Melanie it was apparent that the distance between the Red Rock and my planned accommodation would be a little inconvenient.

MELANIE & ME
James allowed me to crush (smile!). He also agreed to pick me up at the airport as he was arriving much earlier the same day that I was (April, 4): he rented a convertible which I must say made me feel like a millionaire. As many of you may know, sometimes our plans don't really work out as planned: that being said James' flight got delayed making it impossible for him to pick me up at McCarran airport as planned. We got in touch on cell phones and agreed  that on arrival, I,  would take the Car Rental Shuttle at the airport and meet him at the car rental instead since he had arrived only 15 minutes before me. It worked out perfectly.

Here comes the exciting part: We leave the car rental place turning right onto Las Vegas Blvd from where we would turn right onto 215 W, but as luck would have it,  we missed the turning and ended up on Sunset.

MATT, ME, MELANIE & JAMES
With the help of the map that James had we decided we needed to get back on track (which was 215 W), so James the seasoned driver span us around and we started west on Sunset which according to he map was supposed to take us to the  215 W. But guess what? . . . ummmmhh! nope that wasn't it. The map - it flew away too, as if to say "ya idiots", lol!! Anyhow to cut it short, we managed to get on the HWY and finally to the hotel at about 3:30 pm.

Mel (mellemel8), and Matt (www.travbuddy.com/mattrilla), were waiting to meet us by the pool when we arrived at the hotel. On meeting Mel, I felt this warm familiarity: some kind of a kindred spirit that made us jump with excitement. Matt on the other hand being the British that he is looked on as if to say "what the hell are they doing expressing such emotions so publicly"! lol! Once our excitement quietened a little we were able to lure Matt and James into joining the excitement of photo taking.

JILLIAN, ME, MELANIE & JOY
We took so many shots that I,  bet  the people by the pool wondered if we were there for a photo shoot (smiling!).

Having traveled on a hungry stomach, I started to feel the hunger desperately. James on the other hand could not contain it so we all moved from the pool area to the pool bar & restaurant. Margaritas and some food at the Sand Grill made for a social afternoon that did not last but an hour, James and Mel had to freshen up and make a trip back to the airport to pick up Jillian (jillianj) and Joy (pvtjoy) at 7:15 pm. Dinner at the Terra Rosa Italian Restaurant was reserved for 9:00 pm. As diner time drew closer, I,  became anxious to meet Joy and Jillian with whom I had had such lovely time online.

dancing away
Finally the moment of truce, James and the excited girls arrived back at the hotel. I, was 'summoned' to meet them down on the 4th floor (James & I were on the 18th floor).  I, met Joy and Jillian half way in the corridor of the 4th floor and we jumped to hug each other like long lost friends, the excitement was vivid. Joy's warmth came across radiating with such force I, could feel the happiness and free spirit with which she communes. Mel and I screaming Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii and Jillian joining in, the guys stunned just looked in amazement. We made for such a team - the girls!! You should have been there.

At the restaurant, we met with Tracy (www.travbuddy.com/TRE69) and Jennifer (www.

travbuddy.com/jenn79). The dinner table was not ready so we helped ourselves to drinks from the bar as we waited. When the table was finally ready we sat to eat; John and Will later joined us. Drinks, diner and photos made for such a social night. Mel was rather excited to show us the award for the furthest traveled buddy "Most further TB" who happened to be Sven. After dinner, it was unanimous decision to go dancing next door at the ROCH LOUNGE, however not everyone at dinner joined in. Joy, Jillian, James, Tracy, Matt and I went dancing. We danced the night out, yey!

VIVA LA VITA

pearcetoyou says:
FUN, FUN, FUN!!!
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
portia says:
hi you crzay girls, sounds like SO much fun you had! wonderful.
Posted on: Apr 19, 2008
mellemel8 says:
i keep reading this and i keep smiling. i can't wait to see you again!!!! so much good times :)
Posted on: Apr 10, 2008
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RED ROCK HOTEL TOWER
RED ROCK HOTEL TOWER
MEL, MATT & ME
MEL, MATT & ME
MELANIE & ME
MELANIE & ME
MATT, ME, MELANIE & JAMES
MATT, ME, MELANIE & JAMES
JILLIAN, ME, MELANIE & JOY
JILLIAN, ME, MELANIE & JOY
dancing away
dancing away
MATT, ME & JAMES
MATT, ME & JAMES
just being silly
just being silly
Mel, Matt & I
Mel, Matt & I
I loved it, lol!
I loved it, lol!
Yeeesssssssssssssss!
Yeeesssssssssssssss!
Mel & I
Mel & I
James & I
James & I
Holy mowly
Holy mowly
on arrival, James with the luggage
on arrival, James with the luggage
Hall way to the rooms at Red Rock …
Hall way to the rooms at Red Rock…
the chandelier in the Red Rock Hot…
the chandelier in the Red Rock Ho…
In the hotel lobby
In the hotel lobby
Me in the bath tub
Me in the bath tub
on the way from McCarran airport
on the way from McCarran airport
A view of the strip from our hotel…
A view of the strip from our hote…
From as Vegas Blvd
From as Vegas Blvd
A view of Red Rock Hotel from Hwy …
A view of Red Rock Hotel from Hwy…
on Sunset Blvd headed to 215 West
on Sunset Blvd headed to 215 West
James on arrival at the hotel
James on arrival at the hotel
The Convertable
The Convertable
A view of the swimming pool from t…
A view of the swimming pool from …
Matt
Matt
Matt & Melanie
Matt & Melanie
outside the Italian Restaurant
outside the Italian Restaurant
James, me, Matt, Joy, Melanie and …
James, me, Matt, Joy, Melanie and…
the girls
the girls
happy, happy, happy
happy, happy, happy
thats what am talking about
that's what am talking about
just me
just me
. . the bonding begins
. . the bonding begins
Incredible how I express excitement
Incredible how I express excitement
shaking it
shaking it
The girls posing
The girls posing
Diner at Terra Rosa
Diner at Terra Rosa
with Tracy,
with Tracy,
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